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Ripon children pack care boxes for troops

RIPON, CA - Dozens of students from Ripon Christian Elementary School spent time Friday packing care packages for members of the military.

Ripon Christian has traditionally organized projects for students to help others less fortunate.  This is the fifth year they've packed boxes with food items and toiletries for troops.

Nancy VanderVeen is one of the organizers.

"I think it's good for us to have a connection with our military personnel.  They've made a huge commitment and we have to show our commitment to them," said VanderVeen.

Nearly 100 boxes were filled by the students.  It will cost nearly $10 for each of them to be mailed to Afghanistan or Iraq.

By tdaly@news10.net

San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge

San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge

The San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge is an "American Idol" style multi-round entrepreneurial competition presented by the San Joaquin Angels in partnership with regional economic development and academic organizations.

The competition is open to persons with promising business ideas, start-ups and early stage businesses.

Pitch your idea for a chance to win a share of $20,000 in cash and business services.  Business services include legal, marketing and accounting expertise. Plus, the contest winner has the opportunity to present to the San Joaquin Angels investor group.

Who should apply??

Inventors, Entreprenuers, Gurus, Programmers, Start-ups, Researchers, Tinkerers, and MORE!

Visit www.sjchallenge.com for full details.

Hurry, the application deadline is February 6, 2011.

Tracy police rescue child in standoff; Parolee arrested peacefully

TRACY, CA - Police have rescued a 15-month-old child believed to have been held hostage by his father, a parolee and known gang member, inside of a home on the 100 block of Clover Road.

Authorities safely removed the child from the home before finding his father hiding in the attic, according to Sgt. Tony Sheneman with the Tracy Police Department. The man, identified as Andrew Stearns, 28, was taken into custody and taken to San Joaquin County Jail for violating parole.

Sunny skies ahead for Super Bowl weekend

Sunny skies ahead for Super Bowl weekend

Sunshine is ahead in the forecast through the weekend. Expect some fog to return Friday and Saturday mornings, but the sun should dominate during the daytime, according to News10's meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs will stay in the low to mid 60s through Sunday. A huge fair weather, high pressure system remains anchored across the entire West Coast, literally protecting us from any organized storms for the next seven to 10 days, said Paul.

There are no signs of major changes in the overall weather pattern for nearly the next two weeks. In addition to the forecasted sunny skies, the amount of daily sunshine is now increasing by over two minutes per day. Thursday the sun will set at its latest time since early November -- 5:30 p.m.

Black History Month mixer in Tracy Feb. 4

Black History Month mixer in Tracy Feb. 4

TRACY - The Tracy African American Association (TAAA) will host a Black History Month mixer on Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the E Gallery and Performance Annex, located at 729 Central Avenue (next to Grant Theatre Center).

The event is free and open to the public. Mix and mingle while enjoying good company, entertaining music, refreshing libations, appetizers and a silent auction of delightful works of art. In addition, a raffle will be held of an original black and white photo taken in Haiti just after the Jan. 2010 earthquake.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the TAAA Wayne Nelson Academic Scholarship program. TAAA has awarded more than $56,000 in college scholarship grants to date.

For more information, email Toni Beckham at pr@taaa.net.

Wine & Dine in downtown Tracy for Valentine's Day

Wine & Dine in downtown Tracy for Valentine's Day

TRACY - Grab your partner and head downtown to wine and dine in celebration of Valentine's Day this year. Local restaurants and businesses are offering an array of romantic holiday specials. Download your coupons now!

Participating businesses include:

2nd Avenue
De Vinci's Delicatessen & Catering
El Castillo Cafe Mexican Restaurant
Fabio's Italian Restaurant
Gerard's Deli
Golden Eagle Cafe
Helm's Ale House
Magellans
Orient Express
Subway
Thai Cafe
The Great Plate
The Salon+Spa "A Paul Mitchell Experience"

Ripon 5th graders make care packages for soldiers

RIPON - On Friday, Feb. 4, fifth graders at Ripon Christian Elementary School will assemble care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of an all-school volunteer project that day.

Last year, the students packed 128 boxes to send overseas. Every student at the school, located at 217 North Maple Avenue, will be involved in some type of service project on Friday including yard work, painting, washing cars, etc.

For more information about the students giving back, call Nancy VanderVeen at (209) 996-0468.

Townsend Opera’s Keep the Arts Alive

RIPON - Friends, keep the arts alive. The Townsend Opera Company (TOP) is a very strong and vibrant company and the board is wishing to keep it this way. All the board members are part of this board because they believe in this company, not for the status of being a board member. That is why we embark on this campaign. Each board member was asked to raise at least $2,000 and all the board members have stepped up and have done an incredible job. They have asked all their friends to donate $25 to $1,000, whatever they can afford to make amazing campaign succeed. We are only $15,000 away from accomplishing this goal. I ask anyone reading this to please step up and help us meet our goal.

Our goal was to raise $60,000 by February 1st. With your help, we are confident we can achieve our goal.

The Board of Directors of TOP embarked on this campaign because we believe the arts and in particular, opera is important to our community.

The Ripon Historical Society & Museum is getting ready for a move

The Ripon Historical Society & Museum is getting ready for a move

RIPON - The Ripon Historical Society & Museum is getting ready to move to a new site at 430 West Main Street. The building is getting a new energy efficient ceiling with high efficient lighting. The heating and air is also getting an upgrade to make it efficient and cost effective.

The building is a most appropriate spot for the Historical Society and Museum when one looks at its history. The building was originally built to be the Ripon Memorial Library. In 1938, a committee of Ripon citizens was organized to raise funds for a new library in Ripon. This effort got a real boost when it was announced in 1939 that the Swedish Mission Church (today know as Heartland Community Church) would donate the lot for the new library. It was an arduous task raising the money for the new building.

After nine years of effort with a war and other concerns the Ripon Lions Club revived the interest.

Juliani Cardenas' family and neighbors react to car discovery

PATTERSON, CA - It was a discovery that many suspected, but few wanted to believe.

"I think everyone in the community was hoping that the car was not going to be in there," said Deborah Novelli, a family friend of the Cardenas family and Patterson city councilwoman.

Immediately after Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson went live on-air with news that investigators located and positively identified Jose Rodriguez's silver Toyota Corolla as the vehicle wedged inside a Delta-Mendota Canal siphon, neighbors and family friends descended upon the family home on Barros Street.

The news devastated hopes of bringing 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas home safe. He was allegedly taken from his grandmother's home by Esteban, his mother's former boyfriend, 10 days ago. 

"This story just woke the people of Patterson up into a nightmare," said Annette Smith, another family friend and city councilwoman.